Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara is an annual festival that honors and preserves Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions. This year's event will take place July 31 to August 4 with the fiesta theme "Vaqueros y Vaqueras."
The annual event provides an education to residents and visitors about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara. Old Spanish Days Fiesta is not only a unique forum for the cultural expression of our diversity, but it also provides a vehicle for the non-profit and community service groups to raise funds for local charities and social service organizations. The event annually draws thousands of visitors from around the world who contribute to the local economy.
Invite your family, friends, locals and visitors as the bells of Old Mission Santa Barbara ring in the 89th year of Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Enjoy five memorable days under the full August moon at La Fiesta Pequena. Come taste the flavors at the Mercados featuring local non-profits; watch the daily performances at Las Noches de Ronda in the beautiful Courthouse sunken gardens; experience El Desfile Histórico, one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States, enjoy the thrills at the Rodeo; and visit the Arts and Crafts show along the beautiful Santa Barbara coastline.
Visit www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org for more details and specific dates, times and locations. Most events are free of charge.